The history of the saints : or, An exposé of Joe Smith and Mormonism
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- Boston : Leland & Whiting ; New York : Bradbury, Soden, & co.; [etc., etc.]
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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- 2008-03-05 16:41:18
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- Canon 5D
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Subject: The Abortionist of Nauvoo Speaks
"I was reading in your [Joseph Smith’s] chamber last summer  – yourself and Bennett came into the lower room, and I heard you give J. C. Bennett a tremendous flagellation for practicing iniquity under the base pretense of authority from the heads of the Church – If you recollect I came down just before you were through talking.”
What is certain, is that Joseph Smith was quite shaken with the potential exposure of his mass abortions and what he must do to keep his scorned homosexual conspirator satisfied. Smith was futher instrumental in promoting Bennett to ever greater civic and ecclesiastical responsibilities in Nauvoo. Bennett became a General of the Nauvoo Legion, and the chancellor of the University of Nauvoo. Many scholars conclude that Smith was lauding Bennett with that which would keep him on Smith’s good side while not succomming to a homosexual tryst with Bennett.
During Bennett’s twenty-two month stay in Nauvoo, he experienced a meteoric rise in power that was matched in speed only by his fall from grace, which was primarily due to his sexual behaviors.
Had John C. Bennett quietly exited Nauvoo, leaving the flurry of accusations to fade through the passage of time, the remainder of Joseph Smith’s life might have been dramatically altered. Bennett, however, was not inclined to walk away from a fight. In addition, he was intelligent and gifted in many areas, with established ties to publishers and politicians in the East. Months later he wrote: “He [Joseph Smith] has awakened the wrong passenger … and must suffer.” His written onslaught consisted of six letters to the Sangamo Journal in Springfield, Illinois, penned between July 8 and August 19, followed by an exposé titled The History of the Saints.
After Bennett left Nauvoo in May 1842, he became the target of several failed assassinations by Nauvoo Mormon Danites, some of whom were disguised in drag. He soon became a bitter antagonist of Smith and the Latter Day Saint church, reportedly even vowing to drink the blood of Smith. Here is the aforementioned book written by Bennett with great zeal.
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